God’s Greatest Commission the Holy Spirit

Now that Christ rose from the dead and taken His seat at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19) then it becomes our responsibility to partake in the Great Commission. Since God’s Spirit is alive and we believe in the resurrection, this holds us accountable to spread the Good News. In fact, it’s in the Holy Spirit we discover the wisdom behind God’s message of salvation.

God’s new Covenant includes the Trinity and illuminates a believer’s spiritual life. Once God’s awakens His chosen ones, His Living Spirit transforms the heart of a faithful servant. This gift from Christ supplies us with God’s wisdom and governs us to carry the truth to others (Romans 1:16).

One of my favorite conversation is the one placing God as the focal point. When I share with others, the impact Christ makes in my life a God consciousness emerges. This spiritual connectedness inspires me to devote myself to His purpose. Nothing brings me greater joy than glorifying God and in return, the Holy Spirit brings an internal peace unmatched in the world temptations.

Likewise, the moment God captured my life everything changed. His grace empowered me with the Holy Spirit and put me in the hands of Christ. Since then a new and improved outlook on life took root and keeps me seeking God’s truth. But the neatest experience is growing in the image of Christ. I love the way God teaches me.

When it became known Christ rose from the dead, then He appeared to the Eleven Disciples. Their first thoughts on the risen King brought doubt. They couldn’t fathom Jesus resurrection. And Jesus in His glorious triumph took away their disbelief and sent them out to baptize with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Here, Christ gives them the power of the Holy Spirit to anoint discipleship to God’s people. It’s important to realize the Trinity is the backbone of salvation. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the qualities of a real disciple and separates true believers from the world.

God’s Living Spirit coupled with Christ’s Deity is an unshakable foundation for eternal life. They are full of spiritual power and the devil flees knowing it’s impossible to penetrate Christ’s armor. In fact, salvation is the greatest protection against the cunning ways of God’s enemy.

Given these points, it’s easy to understand God uses the Holy Spirit to finish real discipleship. The Lord never leaves us in doubt and our personal experience with His Living Spirit gives testimony to Christ’s faithfulness!

Christ’s Resurrection Unveiled God’s Final Plan

God unveiled His promise of an eternal life free from sin through Christ’s resurrection. This assurance of a life spent in spiritual bliss isn’t a theory but a reality to those who live in Christ. And a believer understands this truth because God’s Living Spirit gives them the courage to live holy in a world riddled with evilness.

When I ponder over the great Resurrection, it brings me joy knowing God amended Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3:22). It’s important to realize this undeniable event transformed my life into God’s light. So without understanding Christ’s rising from the dead my spiritual life stays elusive.

When Jesus unfolded God’s plan for the end of His time on earth (John 2:19), it set in motion the reality of Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension. Those who heard Him speak on these events became confused. They imagined He meant destroying the physical building and rebuilding it in three days.

With this in mind, we must accept God’s temple is Christ Himself. Those present when Jesus spoke of the resurrection couldn’t grasp the Lord’s unique way of redemption. Yet when Mary Magdalene saw the open tomb and God’s angel told her the news of the resurrected King, she became overjoyed (Matthew 28:1-10)

We are fortunate for Matthew’s recording of Christ’s rising from the dead. Because when the actual resurrection occurred and the Roman soldiers shared this news with the chief priests they bribed them (Matthew 28:12). Then instructed them to use dishonesty and blame the Disciples for stealing His body (28:13-14).

Under those circumstances, a web of doubt engulfed those alive during this significant interaction with God’s plan of salvation. For example, the Apostle Thomas refused to believe Christ arose from the dead until he touched the wounds of Christ’s body (John 20:24-26).

Not much has changed since those ancient days. Many people reject the resurrection. They cling to individualism rooted in self-searching motives. Everlasting life isn’t their focus because they live in the here and now. And they live a fast-paced existence missing out on the spiritual nature of life.

In the past, I recoiled from the Lord. My outlook on Him was one of disbelief. I spent every day spewing my agnostic venom on others. Even in those dark times, God had plans for me to partake in His Son’s resurrection. I the hope your experience with the Great Commission captures your faith in a profound way.

In summary, God’s exposure to Christ’s resurrection gives us an endless delivery of grace. It’s in this powerful act of the Lord we become purposeful and spiritual useful in proclaiming the Gospel. Now with our newfound wisdom, we can live in this broken world.

How do you live in the resurrection?

God’s Unbelievable Sacrifice

God’s unbelievable sacrifice of His Son shows each faithful believer His undeniable love for those who glorify Him. Throughout, the Old Testament, the Lord taught His people how to make sacrifices favorable to Him. And when our Father delivered Christ as His new covenant then He planned to offer the death of His son as the gift of salvation.

Good Friday reminds us of Christ’s death. Each year this significant reflection on God’s incredible sacrifice keeps us focused on Christ’s ministry. God used Christ’s death to set us free from original sin.

God’s love for humanity is hard to fathom. The most compelling evidence of God’s love is His eagerness to interact with humans. In fact, when Adam and Eve fell from His grace He didn’t stop loving them. Instead, God forgave and reopened His door (Genesis 3:22).

Likewise, Christ is our tree of life. Nothing is more satisfying to God than to watch us surrender our wills and lives over to His Son. And God’s personal sacrifice of His Son makes life on earth a joyful experience.

In the centuries leading up to Christ’s arrival on earth, God used the Prophets to teach His children the truth of His word. In those times most of the people rejected or ridiculed the Lord’s messengers. They stayed in disbelief. And when God changed His method of faith (Christ) many of them couldn’t accept God’s new plan.

In Christ’s final hours (Matthew 27:45-50), God showed those witnessing this sacrifice His disapproval for rejecting His Son. Verse 45 sets the mood of God by the darkness He shed on the land. It’s important to realize when God darkens the sky He is manifesting His wrath.

And in verses (Matthew 27:51-54)  we see God’s wrath on display.

Imagine experiencing an earthquake and watching the dead rise from their graves. Those terrifying events are most compelling evidence to God’s existence. This shows the power of God because it’s supernatural and unrepeatable.

One of the more popular verses in this part of Matthew’s Gospel is scripture 27:46 when Christ cried out to God.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Matthew 27:46

This scripture’s impact is mighty. Here God shows Christ absorbing the sins of the world. Christ’s death separates sin, and it’s a point often overlooked. It’s in this statement God completes His unbelievable sacrifice.

Christ’s crucifixion is crucial to remember. But to stop here isn’t wise. Because it’s in His resurrection, we become God’s new creations!

Divided We Stand In God’s Glory

God used Christ’s kingship to set His chosen ones apart from those who fail to glorify Him. The great division between real believers and people unfit to live in spiritual eternity became necessary. And it’s in becoming divided we stand in God’s glory!

Christ made it known (Matthew 10:34-39), He didn’t come with peace but to carry out God’s ruling. In fact, God decided it was time to rescue His people from the false teachers and set up Christ as His Supreme Ruler. So, from this point forward a real believer must accept Christ as God’s way (John 14:6).

 

It’s important to realize not everyone enters heaven. This may confuse you because we hear a belief in Christ (Acts 16:31) equals salvation. Christ shared this:

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV)

With this in mind, Jesus is reminding us a simple belief isn’t enough. We must go further and live by examples of God’s grace (Romans 10:9). This means our actions must show others the internal changes Christ made in our hearts.

Remember talk is cheap, but faith in action is life-changing (James 1:22).

The message of Christ’s division is easy to grasp. It’s in those verses (Matthew 10:34-39) that Christ shows God’s truth on a believer’s relationship with Christ.

First, He shows us loving Him must become our number one priority and fail to love Him above everything will end up unfavorable in God’s eyes (Matthew 10:37).

It’s important to realize our love for Christ must go beyond the kind we have for our families and friends. God commands us to love him first then love others (Matthew 22:36-40). Our ancient ancestor Abraham is a prime example of how to love God even when it means denying a love for family (Genesis 22:1-24).

Christ divided love as a reminder of glorifying God. Here we must accept the Lord as the reason we live and love Him without reservations. In reality, Jesus is saying by loving God first our affection towards family increases.

As important to loving Christ is denying oneself for His purpose (Matthew 10:38). Nothing is more satisfying to God than humbling ourselves before Christ. When we abandon our personal agenda and seek Christ, then God steps in and blesses us with His grace. This remarkable interaction with God is experiencing the undeniable existence of the Holy Spirit.

Again, Christ teaches us we must become divided from our powerlessness over temptations. Until I surrender myself to Jesus, the mystery of God stays elusive.

I experienced both sides of this division. On the negative side, I defied God. In this chapter of my existence agnosticism caused me immense suffering. I tried my best in convincing others to turn away from God by pointing out His unresponsive reactions to the wickedness of the world.

My argument based on the cruelty people inflicted on each other was wrong. I didn’t understand how God works in a broken world. As shown above, those thoughts got me nowhere.

It brings me great joy to announce God has removed my disbelief. Today I no longer live on the wrong side of Christ’s division. As a matter of fact the Lord shed His grace upon me, and now I see the world through faith’s eyes. This new and profound outlook isn’t of my making but Christ.

Given these points, I owe everything to God.

In summary, Jesus’s division paves the way to an eternal life with God. Jesus divided us so we can glorify God in heaven.

What’re your thoughts on Christ’s division?